Yesterday I saw the delightful new children's musical Flight School at the Vital Theatre. Based on a picture book by Lita Judge, the play tells the story of a penguin who wants to learn to fly. What could be cuter than that?
Keep On Walkin'.
The play shows a bevy of birds ready to learn how to fly from Teacher, a flamingo played by Ashtia Jewell. When Penguin, played by Jennifer Smith, arrives by boat, the other birds are skeptical. With a round body and a big belly, Penguins just aren't meant to fly. However, the play teaches children that there is a place for everyone, regardless of body type, and it is refreshing to see a protagonist unapologetic about a large stomach.
Mallamud's music is recorded, not live, but that didn't seem to phase the children in the audience. Penguin forms a friendship with a bookish owl (played by Alie B. Gorrie) that warms the heart, and even though our protagonist is never able to really fly, with a little help from friends, Penguin does manage to glide.
The show is recommended for children ages 2-7, so if you have any young ones in that age group, take them! You can find out more about the show here: